Right Turn: Unwrapping bubble boy disease

Author: Stacey Johnson, 10/27/17

Before Jake Gyllenhaal starred in the 2001 comedy Bubble Boy, there was a 1976 version starring John Travolta called The Boy In The Plastic Bubble. Both movies were inspired by the lives of David Vetter, who had severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), and Ted DeVita, who suffered from severe aplastic amenia. Because of their compromised immune…Read more

Screening and providing effective treatment for cancer. Are we there yet?

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 10/24/17

At 2:20 am, I gave up my quest to try to sleep and decided to work on my post. When I opened my laptop, a picture of sweet Y, a really supportive former labmate and truly kind friend, was smiling at me. I had forgotten to close my Facebook page and a friend had shared…Read more

Right Turn: Genes are this season’s hottest trend

Author: Stacey Johnson, 10/20/17

In what feels like back-to-back news, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two gene therapies for cancer. The actual announcements happened seven weeks apart, but for patients, manufacturers, investors and shareholders, it’s like Christmas – over and over again. As you probably know, Novartis’ Kymriah was approved at the end of August…Read more

Bench to Bedside for Biotherapeutics (B3) workshop: Translating science into the clinic

Author: Guest, 10/18/17

Shreya Shukla is a Development Scientist at CCRM. Her scientific interests lie at the intersection of T cell immunotherapy, gene editing and stem cell bioengineering. Shreya obtained her BSc in Biomedical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and PhD from Dr. Peter Zandstra’s laboratory at University of Toronto (UofT) focusing on the scalable generation of…Read more

Right Turn: This is us

Author: Stacey Johnson, 10/13/17

If you’ve stumbled upon this blog thinking you will be reading about the attractive and talented cast of the popular 2016 TV show on NBC, I suspect you will be very disappointed. While there is video for you below, you will not see any rippling muscles and you don’t need to have any tissues handy…Read more

RMConnectTO: Building networks to advance regenerative medicine

Author: Nicole Forgione, 10/12/17

Most people will tell you they hate networking. No matter how much we might dread awkward chit chat, networking and relationship building are key contributors to success, regardless of industry or job title. Because commercializing regenerative medicine (RM) technologies depends on collaboration across diverse sectors, relationship building is critical. With this in mind, RMConnectTO was…Read more

Right Turn: A user’s guide to debunking health goop

Author: Stacey Johnson, 10/06/17

Do you recognize the name Timothy Caulfield? How about if I tell you that he took on Gwyneth Paltrow and her Goop empire in his popular 2015 book Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? Caulfield is a professor of health law and science policy at the University of Alberta who has made it his mission…Read more

Building a bridge for brain repair

Author: Samantha Payne, 10/03/17

The brain is one of the most complex and delicate organs of the body, with very little capacity to regenerate itself. As such, any disease or injury it sustains is a challenge for regenerative medicine researchers to design effective strategies. Therapeutics need to be minimally invasive so the brain is not damaged further, and they…Read more

Right Turn: Immortalizing excellence in stem cell research

Author: Stacey Johnson, 09/29/17

In some circles, James Till needs no introduction. Along with Ernest McCulloch (deceased), Dr. Till advanced medical research across the globe with the discovery of blood stem cells[1][2] at Toronto’s Princess Margaret Hospital, now the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Yesterday, outside the MaRS Discovery District in downtown Toronto, during a grand opening event for CCRM,…Read more

Home is where the gut is

Author: Jovana Drinjakovic, 09/27/17

The potential of lab-grown mini organs goes beyond learning how to manufacture replacement body parts to undo disease; it could allow researchers to glimpse, for the first time, the swaths of microorganisms that live inside us and shape our health. A deeply entrenched belief that microbes are universally bad is shifting as a result of…Read more